Did you know there are a LOT of free countdown clocks out there? I think I looked at about 20 before I found one I liked.
Many don't allow you to change the size of the clock, which was a problem for me, since it couldn't be wider than 150px. I also understand that free widgets like this usually come with a link back to the site that provided it. That's fine, but not if the link overshadows the countdown clock. That's just tacky.
I finally found one I like at: www.sofotex.com
It uses flash instead of java, looks cool, and the free one can be customized to a degree. You can pay for the clock and open up more customizable options, but for me the free one works nicely.
Here's what my clock looks like:
Here's a direct link for you to get one for your site:
Click Download Now to customize and get the code.
I've added a link under Blog Bling in the sidebar so you can find it again when you need it.